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Board Shorts Podcast
64 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Psychological Safety In The Boardroom With Carolyn Grant | Ep. 40
Carolyn Grant is an advisor, author and founder of 6peas marketing and engagement; an agency creating tools, frameworks and training founded in neuroscience to provide insights to leaders to improve critical decision-making, team performance, customer advocacy and innovation. Carolyn is the creator and publisher of the People + Science Boardroom Psychological Safety Benchmark 2020-2021 (Australia). Her research around psychological safety in the boardroom is the topic of our conversation. An HBR article reminds us that “The highest-performing teams have one thing in common: psychological safety — the belief that you won’t be punished when you make a mistake.” However, Carolyn’s research has shown that 45% of board members feel unsafe in the boardroom, the majority of the time. So what’s driving this? How do you have the type of robust / fierce conversations necessary in the boardroom whilst maintaining psychological safety? How do you effectively balance these two factors without falling into the trap of group think and fake harmony just for the sake of not upsetting others? Carolyn shares her perspectives from working with leaders and board members and shares what we can individually do as board members to create a psychologically safe environment AND maintain sufficient and effective discussion and debate. Visit Carolyn's website: https://www.6peas.com.au/ View the full show notes: https://getonboardaustralia.com.au/psychological-safety-in-the-boardroom-with-carolyn-grant-ep-40
54 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
Mastering Key Boardroom Skills | Ep. 39
The chances are high that you will sit on many different boards throughout your board career. Your boards will likely be in different industries, serve different customers, have different and unique challenges and opportunities, and will have its own culture and structure and context. To try and build specific skills for each and every permutation would be a long and tedious task. This is where developing the necessary core skills will enable you to have a catalyst for learning and building new, specific, skills faster. These core skills are termed 'meta skills'. I share my list of board member meta skills and how you can master them. My Five Meta Skills for Board Members: 1. Getting comfortable with Discomfort 2. Curiosity and Courage 3. Self-Awareness 4. Not knowing it all 5. Commitment Join the Board Talk community on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/boardtalk Visit: https://getonboardaustralia.com.au/mastering-key-boardroom-skills-ep-39/
55 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Boardroom Insider Of The Month with Rod Buchecker | Ep. 38
Welcome back to another edition of boardroom insider of the month. Today I am joined by Rod Buchecker. Rod is a marketing & brand strategist, CEO coach, and board member. Amongst many other roles he holds, Rod currently serves on: • The Advisory Board of Think 180 Pty Ltd • The Board of Burnside War Memorial Hospital and is Chair of the Burnside Hospital Foundation, and • The Board of Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park, where he is also Chair of Risk and Governance. Rod’s board career extends back to 1994; so he has a lot of wisdom to share and he does so in this episode. Rod shares • His pathway to the boardroom • What he thinks are the essential skill(s) of great board members • How he sees his professional expertise benefiting organisations via board service. • The value he gets personally from serving on boards; and • How he overcame his biggest board career challenge. Connect with Rod at https://rodbuchecker.com/ Full show notes at https://getonboardaustralia.com.au/boardroom-insider-of-the-month-with-rod-buchecker-ep-38/
60 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
Creating A Sustainable Board Career with Brad Waldron | Ep. 37
My guest today is Brad Waldron. Brad is known for his room-filling energy, infectious humour and battle-proven insights with immediate real-world applications. He has a proven record of helping others to succeed, through harnessing a rare combination of insight, humour and practical strategies to increase performance whilst enabling people to gain more fulfillment from their professional roles. He’s a speaker, CEO, executive chairman, strategist, coach, champion, author and winner across sport and business. I came across Brad when I searched LinkedIn using the phrase ‘Corporate Athlete’; as you now know, Brad really does embody that mental image of a corporate athlete. I invited Brad onto the podcast because I know that many of you are playing multiple roles: full-time professional, parent, partner, family member, friend, and board member. Amongst other things. I want to support you to be successful across all of these roles, and that you maintain the high energy, high output, that you are likely known for, without burning out so that you have a long-term sustainable board career. I am sure that this conversation will inspire and motivate you to be intentional about the roles you choose to play, and that you play them from a 10. Full show notes: https://getonboardaustralia.com.au/sustainable-board-career-brad-waldron/
34 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
I Had A Stroke. Here's My Story. | Ep. 36
Six years ago I had a stroke. It taught me some valuable lessons. This episode is in recognition of National Stroke Week in Australia (2-8 August 2021). You can donate to the Australian Stroke Foundation at https://strokefoundation.org.au/ I am also donating 1% of all August course revenue. Visit https://getonboardaustralia.com.au/academy/
26 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
Boardroom Insider Of The Month with Sunita Miranda | Ep. 35
As part of diversity month, I have invited Sunita Miranda onto the podcast to have her share her experiences in the boardroom as a young female of Indian ethnicity with an expertise in marketing and communications. Sunita has served on boards for nearly 13 years, starting, like many of us, in the NFP sector while working full time and with a young family. Sunita is a testament to sharing your career goals with your partner so that you’re all working together, why it’s critical as a board member (current or aspiring) to always be educating yourself, and the simple and practical way a board can approach improving its diversity. Find all of the show notes here: https://getonboardaustralia.com.au/boardroom-insider-of-the-month-with-sunita-miranda-ep-35/
24 minutes | May 11, 2021
Welcome To The Boardroom | Ep. 34
What should one expect from a new director induction / on-boarding program? AND If there is no formal new director on-boarding program in place, for example, in the case of smaller NFP's or private companies, what should one ask from the Chair and CEO to get yourself up to speed as quickly as possible ahead of your first board meeting? My answer to these questions addresses the two main aspects of board life: the business and the board. I also include the questions that I would be asking the CEO and Chair to get me up to speed and contributing to the board and business ASAP. For full show notes (including links) visit: https://getonboardaustralia.com.au/welcome-to-the-boardroom-ep-34
32 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
The Five Dysfunctions Of A Board With Paul Lloyd | Ep. 33
When I first read 'The Five Dysfunctions of a Team' by Patrick Lencioni I was struck at how the five dysfunctions of the management team presented in the book are reflected in teams of all kinds, from the sporting field to the boardroom. It’s actually one of the best “business books for the boardroom” that I’ve read. When I ran into Leadership and Team Development Specialist, Paul Lloyd, recently at an event and he mentioned he was newly accredited in the Patrick Lencioni CAPAPro network, I jumped on the opportunity to invite him onto the podcast to have a conversation about the five dysfunctions of a team as it applies to the boardroom. Thankfully he accepted and, as suspected, we had a great discussion; covering how dysfunction shows up in the boardroom, how a board begins to overcome their dysfunctions, and what teams who think they’re not quite in the dysfunction zone can do to get better. We also digress into other areas, because when you start to unpack group dysfunction you start to realise that it comes a lot from our personal issues that we bring to the boardroom, our assumptions, and unmet expectations. It doesn’t take long into a board career to realise that boards are more about people than they are about pure governance; so I’m certain that any board member (or aspiring board member) will find this conversation valuable.
15 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Don't Quit Your Day Job | Ep. 32
I’m here to tell you not to quit your day job! Naturally, I’m often asked what people can do to help themselves land their first board role. After heavily advocating that they invest in building, nurturing, and leveraging their network, I recommend that they be REALLY good at their day job; what Cal Newport refers to as being so good they can’t ignore you. After all, your expertise is usually the primary reason why you’ll be attractive to boards, particularly at the beginning of your board career. My transition from very small organisation boards, onto the boards of organisations that had day-to-day staff was predicated on my expertise (at that time I was doing marketing and PR). It was a transferable skill set that applied in many organisations and industries. Additionally, your skill set provides you with what I like to call ‘low hanging fruit’ when considering which board(s) you may want to initially consider joining at the beginning of your board career; places where your current expertise is most valued. It may be a board or organisation in your industry, or it may be a totally different industry / organisation that has the need for your transferable expertise. I cover WHY your professional career is vital for your board career, and the three things that I recommend for you to do if you’re someone who is in a professional career and is an aspiring board member.
35 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Leading With Heart In The Boardroom with Samantha McGolrick | Ep. 31
The longer I listen to the news, the more I hear about organisations lurching from one culture crisis to the next. The boardroom is the place where bad culture starts, but it’s also where bad culture can – and probably should – die. With the average person spending 90,000 hours of their life at work, workplace culture has an enormous influence and impact on our wellbeing. In this episode, I’m talking with Samantha McGolrick, a Health and Safety professional. This is actually a conversation NOT about health and safety compliance, but one about helping you as a board member to improve organisational performance and find deeper meaning and purpose in their board role by using their influence to make a positive impact.
25 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Which Board Is Which | Ep. 30
The board space can be incredibly overwhelming; there are so many names that apply to boards of directors – some come from legislation and some from tradition. It’s no surprise that one of our most-read articles is one describing the various types of ‘boards’ that you may encounter as you begin and progress your board career. This podcast discusses the most common types of boards and what makes them different – and a little bit the same – as each other. Please keep in mind that this list is not exhaustive, and the information is general in nature. As always, seek professional legal advice if you have any questions about your position, board, and/or organisation.
36 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
The Art Of Networking With Jerry Kleeman | Ep. 29
Imagine being in a new city, in a new country, where you don’t know anyone and having to build your professional and personal network from a completely zero base. This is what Jerry Kleeman agreed to do over 20 years ago when he moved from the US to Adelaide, Australia to take on a senior role in a global company. He is now considered by many people to be the person who knows everyone. And his ongoing networking activities continue to return value for him, his clients, and others in his network. Networking often instills dread in many of us; so I wanted to bring Jerry onto the show, sharing his somewhat extreme network building story to encourage you to embrace network building activities (not just meeting new people at events). Unlike Jerry, you already likely know many people – this is your existing network and is a great place to start becoming intentional with when it comes to progressing your board goals. From there, you can start to work outwards, building an intentional, valuable network who will go to bat for you when it comes to board opportunities. Find the show notes and Networking for Board Success workbook here: https://getonboardaustralia.com.au/the-art-of-networking-with-jerry-kleeman-ep-29/
26 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
Succeeding and Leveraging a NFP Board Career | Ep. 28
How do you succeed as a not-for-profit board member? How can you effectively leverage not-for-profit board roles? I’m answering these questions from a listener, covering the span of your board journey: considerations before you join a board, what to do once you’re on a board, and how to transition to your next board. Check out the show notes for this episode here: https://getonboardaustralia.com.au/succeeding-and-leveraging-a-nfp-board-role
52 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
Mastering your Unique Value Proposition with Joanna Bloor | Ep. 27
When you meet someone new, how do you answer the question ‘what do you do?’ It’s a simple question that strikes fear into most people. There is actually a way to answer this question that enables you to start a potentially valuable conversation. Your answer should be framed in what I call your ‘Unique Value Proposition’. It’s something that I work on with every aspiring board member. Knowing your Unique Value Proposition is a key that unlocks opportunities for you in the boardroom AND in other contexts – such as your professional life. My conversation with Joanna – a Potentialist, Adventurer & Aspiring Fairy Godmother* - will show you why and how to tell stories about yourself that demonstrate just how awesome you are. This is something that – after listening to this conversation – you may want to see in action. That’s why I have shared a link in the show notes to a YouTube video of Joanna doing this live with an audience participant: https://youtu.be/gllpAOaYCjM It’s so powerful.
51 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
Governing Well in a Human Relations Crisis with Julie Garland McLellan | Ep. 26
There is no shortage of corporate misconduct in the most senior ranks of some of the largest organisations in Australia. From allegations of sexual harassment to reports of bullying at the highest levels of organisations, boards are having to govern and lead through significant human relations crises that are having major external impacts. Board expert Julie Garland McLellan returns to the podcast to share her expertise and advice on how boards can govern and lead well through a human relations crisis. It’s a robust conversation that traverses the most significant and current corporate misconduct cases happening in Australia right now.
19 minutes | Sep 21, 2020
Learning Beyond Learning | Ep. 25
At the beginning of this year - 2020 - I went back to school to study a Master of Business Law. Of course, I was expecting to learn a lot about law, but university - particularly my first semester back at university in about 8 years - actually ended up being a mirror. It highlighted parts of my personality, temperament, and working style. I was TOTALLY NOT expecting that. But rather than fight it, I decided to use it and grow from it.
43 minutes | Aug 4, 2020
The Gift Of Struggle with Bobby Herrera | Ep. 24
I’m not sure if you’ve felt it, but I've been feeling and noticing this mood or appetite, or even both, for a more human-side to businesses and boards. I think the global pandemic has had an interesting effect on our psyche; in a strange way, being physically distanced from each other has made us recognise and appreciate the human connections that we do have when we come together in person. Particularly as boards have shifted to virtual board meetings, the value of what I call the human element in the boardroom and amongst the board itself, which was previously taken for granted, is being recognised as something that is of value to a board, its members, and the organisation as a whole. Working well as a group of humans takes investment and intention. My conversation with Bobby Herrera takes us on a journey from how our personal struggles influence our leadership and support the organisation, how trust builds value and one must proceed the other, and how bringing vulnerability into the boardroom can enhance your and the board’s performance. As you listen, I encourage you to reflect on your style of leadership, both inside and outside the boardroom, and how you can leverage the gift of struggle. Find out about Bobby: https://bobby-herrera.com Connect with Bobby on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bobby-herrera-5781821/ Purchase The Gift of Struggle: https://bobby-herrera.com/books/ Watch Bobby's 'Bus Story': https://youtu.be/CYLHHg9A9Cs
40 minutes | Jun 15, 2020
Creating & Leveraging Diversity In The Boardroom with Amy Bottoms | Ep. 23
The conversation about board diversity generally starts and stops at gender balance. That’s been a wonderful place to start; however, we both recognise that diversity is much more diverse than just gender. This conversation that I had with Amy Bottoms, a Principal of Catalyst Advisors in Seattle, Washington, covered the pros and cons of legislating for gender balance on boards, whether people are still interested in board diversity beyond gender balance, simple ways that a board can start creating a diverse cohort, how do the best boards build, maintain, and leverage diversity around their table; and how diverse candidates can position themselves to get on a board. Amy brings 25 years of experience building board of directors and executive leadership teams for innovative life sciences companies. Prior to joining Catalyst Advisors, she was an Engagement Manager at a leading global executive search firm, where she specialised in recruiting board directors, general management executives and senior commercial and technical leaders across the biopharma, healthcare IT, medical technology and healthcare services sectors. Amy began her career at Microsoft as a Corporate Researcher before entering the executive search industry in 1996 as a Research Associate.
41 minutes | Apr 21, 2020
How the Best Boards are Leading Through COVID-19 with Julie Garland-McLellan | Ep. 22
We are ALL in the situation where we are learning to lead through a global pandemic and deep and sudden economic crisis. There is no playbook for us as board members to follow; however, there are likely better ways for us to lead through this current situation and for us, as board members, to continue to add value to our boards. To understand what the best boards and best board members are doing now, I reached out to Julie Garland-McLellan. Julie and I talk about: :: What the best boards are doing right now; what’s on their agenda; and how they’re spending their time. :: What boards can do to support the organisation in the short to medium term future. :: What's on their strategy agenda, and how boards can start looking forward to recovery/what’s next and taking advantage of opportunities that are available. :: Clarifying the short-term changes to insolvent trading liabilities for directors. :: And other interesting observations that Julie has made as she supports boards through the COVID crisis. Resources Julie mentions during our conversation: :: Anti-Fragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb: https://www.bookdepository.com/Antifragile-Nassim-Nicholas-Taleb/9780141038223?ref=grid-view&qid=1587363253180&sr=1-15 :: The Cost of Running Boards [yes, even volunteer boards]: https://www.mclellan.com.au/res/files/report-on-cost-of-running-boards.pdf Find the full show notes: https://getonboardaustralia.com.au/how-the-best-boards-are-leading-through-covid-19-with-julie-garland-mclellan-ep-22/
26 minutes | Mar 9, 2020
Asking Better Questions in the Boardroom with Greg Bustin | Ep. 21
The key to getting better answers to help solve problems or seize opportunities is to ask better questions. Genuine curiosity is a cornerstone attribute of effective board members and effective boards. But how do we develop our questioning muscle? What makes a great question? What stops us from asking questions? And where do you start when faced with big issues in the boardroom? I sat down with question-asking expert Greg Bustin earlier this year at the international Vistage Chair conference in San Diego to pick his brain about how us as board members can develop and ask better questions in the boardroom. Using Greg’s book ‘That’s a Great Question’ as a conversation starting point, Greg and I talked about: * What makes a great question. * What words to avoid when asking questions. * What is stopping us from asking questions. * The value in slowing down. * Why how you ask a question is just as important as what you ask. * Five questions every organisation should be asking. * Where to start with big decisions in the boardroom. * And a brief history of the question mark. Check out the show notes to download the question grid and connect with Greg: https://getonboardaustralia.com.au/category/board-shorts-podcast/
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